Radio and television channels of Dubai

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Dubai is a media hub for the Middle East region and is home to many television and radio channels.

Dubai Television[edit]

There are a few terrestrial television channels but most people choose from the hundreds of regional channels on offer via satellite or cable.

Pay or subscription television in Dubai is available on cable via E-Vision (a division of Etisalat) or via satellite directly from the providers; OSN (Orbit Showtime Network), Star TV and ART. OSN provides a wide selection of English (primarily US, but also UK, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian) programming, subtitled in Arabic. Leading English shows and movies are primarily shown first and exclusively on OSN. Star TV also has some first-run programmes.

The main free to air English television channels are Dubai One, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC 2, Physique TV and City 7 TV. Most shows are broadcast in English, with Arabic subtitles, with the exception of City 7 that does not subtitle their programming. Dubai One, MBC 4 and MBC Action show mostly well known US, and some UK series but will generally be six months or more behind the pay or subscription channels.

The main Free to air Hindi television Channel is Imagine Movies, it is the first Free to Air Hindi Channel from MENA region. The Frequency is also available in Du -91, Elife - 863, OSN, Oreedoo in Qatar.

  • Abu Dhabi TV, Arabic and in particular local series.
  • Dubai TV, a channel by the Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). Arabic local and regional programming.
  • Dubai One, an English language general entertainment channel, available over the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Physique TV, Physique TV is the first and only 24-hour HD television channel in English & Arabic dedicated to fitness, healthy living, nutrition and action sport.
  • City 7 TV, an independent Dubai based, free-to-air, 100% English-language channel. Providing locally produced English News, Business and lifestyle programmes combined with International lifestyle, drama and comedy programmes. Available via satellite in the Middle East and North Africa.
  • MBC, a network of free-to-air English and Arabic stations broadcasting 24-hours from Dubai Media City and available via satellite across the Middle East and North Africa.
    - MBC Max is a channel for the latest Hollywood films, still new.
    - MBC 4 is an English channel with primarily US series targeted to women.
    - MBC Action is an English channel with primarily US action series, targeted to men.
    - MBC 2 is an English channel showing Western movies.
    - MBC 3 is a children's channel that is primarily Arabic with some limited English programming.
    - MBC 1 is an Arabic channel showcasing local and regional Arabic series and entertainment programmes.
    - Al-Arabiya is an Arabic-language news channel.

Dubai Radio[edit]

Dubai is well served by terrestrial radio (AM & FM) with a huge variety of stations broadcasting in the languages commonly spoken in the city; Arabic, English, Russian, German, French, Japanese, Italian, Hindi, Urdu, Tamil, Malayalam, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Dutch, Spanish and Filipino. The FM band is particularly crowded, with a new station every 2 or 3 MHz apart, some from neighbouring Emirates and countries in the Persian Gulf region.

General standards have improved greatly in the past few years and many stations are now at par with leading stations in major metropolitan cities in the world. However, the media in Dubai and the UAE is still heavily government regulated. Most stations, even those privately owned, are often still government controlled. In particular, all radio stations must cease normal broadcasting in the event of the death of a Sheikh or close relative of a Sheikh. This normally happens for a period of 3 days to a week, or more, depending on the standing of the deceased.[citation needed]

Dubai radio is the essential guide to surviving Dubai's hectic traffic with most stations placing importance on frequent traffic updates during the day, mostly from listeners.

Arabic Radio[edit]

English radio[edit]

Japanese radio[edit]

  • Fuji FM 88.9 - Arab Media Group
  • Nippon Dubai 102.9 FM (日本ドバイ) - Arab Media Group
  • Kawaii Emirates Radio (カワイイエミレーツラジオ) - Kawaii Radio Group

Spanish radio[edit]

African radio[edit]

Hindi/Urdu radio[edit]

Chinese radio[edit]

Malayalam Radio[edit]

Live Channels

  • FM 94.7 - Radio Asia - 'Flowers Group (now online broadcasting center known as Kerala FM)
  • FM 96.7 - Hit 96.7 - Arabian Radio Network
  • FM 99.6 - Club FM - Mathrubhumi Group
  • FM 101.3 - Gold FM - Channel 4 Radio Network
  • AM 1539 - Pravasi Bharathi
  • AM 1476 - Radio Asia

Closed channels

  • AM 657 - Asianet Radio (closed since February 2019)[1]
  • FM 96.2 - Radio Mango (closed since January 2019)[2]
  • FM 100.3 - RadioMe (closed since 2016)[1]
  • AM 1152 - Voice of Kerala (closed since early 2018)[2]
  • Flowers FM, which previously operated in the frequency of 94.7 MHz, stopped airing in July 2019.[3] This frequency, run by Dolphin Recording Studio, was taken up by Radio Asia which now operates in this frequency.

Korean radio[edit]

  • K-Pop Dubai 101.8 FM (케이팝 두바이) - Arabian Radio Network

French radio[edit]

Russian radio[edit]

Italian radio[edit]

  • Radio La Musica 90.3 FM - Arabian Radio Network (Dubai/Abu Dhabi)

Thai radio[edit]

  • Thai Pop Dubai (ไทยป๊อปดูไบ) (Digital station) - The First Thai pop music radio in Dubai

Tamil Radio[edit]

89.4 Tamil FM - Aaren World Media & Advertising LLC


106.5 FM UAE - UAQ Broadcasting Network

Vietnamese radio[edit]

Dutch radio[edit]

Filipino radio[edit]

German radio[edit]

  • Glückliche Musik Dubai 106.7 FM - Arabian Radio Network

Persian radio[edit]

All FM stations[edit]

Frequency RDS Station Transmission Site Genre Language Operator
87.6 MHz RAK Quran Ras al-Khaimah
87.9 MHz CLASSIC Classic FM Abu Dhabi Music English Abu Dhabi Media Company
88.2 MHz Quran Al Kareem Abu Dhabi Quran / Religious Arabic Abu Dhabi Media Company
88.8 MHz KADAK Kadak FM Dubai Music Hindi Abu Dhabi Media Company
88.9 MHz FUJI Fuji FM 88.9 (defunct) Dubai J-Pop / Anime Music Japanese Arab Media Group
89.1 MHz RADIO4 Radio 4 Ajman Indian Hits Hindi, Urdu Channel 4 Radio Network
89.4 MHz TAMIL Tamil FM Ras al-Khaimah Tamil Hits Tamil Aaren World Media & Advertising LLC
89.6 MHz
90.5 MHz SKY NEWS Sky News Arabia
90.7 MHz
91.1 MHz TAG911 Tag 91.1 (defunct) Dubai OPM Filipino ARN - Arabian Radio Network
91.4 MHz DXBQURAN DXB Quran Dubai Quran / Religious Arabic
92.0 MHz DUBAI92 Dubai 92 Dubai Rock / Adult Contemporary English ARN - Arabian Radio Network
92.2 MHz RAKJAZZ RAKJAZZ
92.6 MHz FUJAIRAH Fujairah FM Fujairah News Arabic Fujairah Media Network
93.0 MHz DUBAI Dubai FM Dubai Music Arabic Dubai Media Incorporated
93.4 MHz SHOMA Radio Shoma Dubai Music Persian ARN - Arabian Radio Network
93.6 MHz AFRICAN African FM 93.6 (defunct) Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah African Hits English, French, All African languages Arab Media Group
93.9 MHz NOOR Noor Dubai FM Dubai Arabic Classic Hits Arabic Dubai Media Incorporated
94.4 MHz SHARJAH Sharjah Radio Sharjah Religious / Talk Arabic Sharjah Media Corporation
94.7 MHz ASIA Radio Asia Ras al-Khaimah
95.0 MHz PULSE95 Pulse 95 Sharjah Acoustic / Talk / News / Tech / Sports English Sharjah Broadcasting Authority
95.3 MHz IBIZA Ibiza Global Radio (defunct) Emirates Towers, Dubai Electronic Music English, Spanish Ibiza Global Network S.L.
95.6 MHz UAQ UAQ FM Umm Al Quwain Arabic Hits Arabic UBN [Uaq Broadcasting Network]
96.1 MHz
96.3 MHz (defunct) CITY RadioCity Emirates Towers, Dubai Urban Contemporary French, English OneCity S.A.S.
96.7 MHz HIT967 Hit 96.7 Dubai Malayalam Hits Malayalam ARN - Arabian Radio Network
97.1 MHz EMARAT Emarat FM Abu Dhabi News / Talk Arabic Abu Dhabi Media Company
97.6 MHz Zayed Quran Radio
97.8 MHz BEAT Beat FM Dubai Dance English Fun Asia Network
98.4 MHz ABUDHABI Abu Dhabi FM Abu Dhabi Talk / Classic Arabic Hits Arabic Abu Dhabi Media Company
99.0 MHz Al Arabiya Dubai Contemporary Arabic Arabic ARN - Arabian Radio Network
99.3 MHz RADIO2 Radio 2 Classic Hits English UAE Government
99.6 MHz CLUB Club FM Dubai Malayalam / Tamil / Hindi Hits Malayalam Mathrubhumi
99.9 MHz STAR Star FM Abu Dhabi Top 40 Arabic Abu Dhabi Media Company
100.3 MHz JIO Jio FM Umm Al Quwain UBN [Uaq Broadcasting Network]
100.9 MHz Al Khaleejia Dubai Khaleeji Music Arabic ARN - Arabian Radio Network
101.3 MHz GOLD Gold FM Ajman Malayalam Hits Malayalam Channel 4 Radio Network
101.6 MHz CITY1016 City FM Dubai Contemporary Hits Hindi ARN - Arabian Radio Network
101.8 MHz K-POP K-Pop Dubai 101.8 FM (defunct) Dubai K-Pop Korean ARN - Arabian Radio Network
102.4 MHz MIRCHI Mirchi 102.4 Music Hindi Mirchi
102.7 MHz Sharjah Quran
102.9 MHz NIPPONDUBAI Nippon Dubai 102.9 FM (defunct) Dubai Anime Music English, Japanese Arab Media Group
103.5 MHz RAK RAK FM Ras al-Khaimah
103.8 MHz DUBAIEYE Dubai Eye Dubai News / Talk / Sport English ARN - Arabian Radio Network
104.1 MHz RADIO 1 Radio 1 Top 40 / Dance / R&B English UAE Government
104.4 MHz VIRGIN Virgin Radio Dubai Top 40 English ARN - Arabian Radio Network
104.6 MHz SEHA SEHA Abu Dhabi Health Dubaï Health Authority
104.8 MHz CHANNEL4 Channel 4 FM Ajman Top 40 English Channel 4 Radio Network
105.4 MHz VIBE Vibe FM
106.2 MHz BIG BIG FM Umm al quwain Bollywood Music Hindi Fun Asia Network
106.5 MHz GILLI Radio Gilli Umm Al Quwain Tamil Hits Tamil BM Group
106.7 MHz GLUCKLICHE MUSIK Glückliche Musik Dubai 106.7 (defunct) Dubai RnB, Adult Contemporary, Classic Hits English, German ARN - Arabian Radio Network
107.1 MHz Luv Luv 107.1 Dubai 90s & Contemporary Hits English Fun Asia Group
107.4 MHz AL OULA Al Oula Abu Dhabi Music Arabic
107.8 MHz AL RABIA Al Rabia FM Ajman Arabic Hits Arabic Channel 4 Radio Network

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Asianet Radio, another Malayalam radio station based in the UAE shuts down". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Dubai-based Malayalam FM radio station shuts down". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  3. ^ "https://twitter.com/flowersfm947". Twitter. Retrieved 24 September 2020. External link in |title= (help)